Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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The Barbie Project has been stalled long enough. I’ve got two dolls in the top of my closet waiting for photo opps, their scrapbooks half finished; the nearby hospital has a cancer center and no doubt some little girls who need cheering.

I need a new flash for my camera (though Barbie Project photos are mostly outdoors) and then I just need to get out there and start setting up shots. Possibilities:
Kayaking (hm…a Barbie-sized kayak could be hard to arrange, but they can just be strapped into the cargo bungees on mine)
  • Huckleberrying (can’t do this until July)
  • Camping with us at Smoky
  • Planting a garden
  • Visiting Kindergarten
  • Knitting (I could take them to Needle Night Out and shoot them with a nellie, then include a nellie and some yarn in their “stuff” when I take them to the hospital)
  • At the Mikado—if I can get my flash replaced before the first weekend in March. I can get plane pics then, too, maybe.)

All right, there’s some to get me started. An explanation: Barbies because they’re small, packable, and ubiquitous, and because girls in life-or-death illnesses probably can’t be warped by them the way girls in other situations can. Setups of shots of the Barbies enjoying themselves. Scrapbooks of the shots, complete with the Barbie’s own words as though she made the book herself. The doll, her collected “stuff,” and her book go to the hospital to be given away at the nurses’ discretion (not stuck into the toy collection, but given away). 8 years ago

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